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Aconitum delphiniifolium DC.
Larkspur-leaf monkshood, Larkspurleaf monkshood, Northern monkshood
USDA Symbol: ACDE2
USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)
The thin, straight stem of this perennial can reach 28 in. in height and is topped by a few-flowered cluster of dark blue, hooded flowers. Foliage is variable, but leaves are generally palmately cleft, shiny and few in number.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution: AK
& w. Canada Native Habitat:
Meadows; thickets; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Because of the tall, thin stems, these plants need tall companions to remain upright. The typical subspecies is common throughout much of Alaska. The taller ssp. chamissonianum occurs from the Aleutians to coastal B.C. while ssp. paradoxum is a reduced, arctic/montane race.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or division. Seedlings take 2-3 years to flower.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FAC |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff